As photo shoots and skateboarding videos abound, it's business as usually when it comes to the life of Ryan Sheckler. And as his career grows, so does his relationship with Kayla. Despite feeling good about the situation, Ryan isn't quite sure...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Ryan travels to the Dominican Republic to continue work on a Plan B skate video. But will he be back in time for Kayla's birthday party?
As photo shoots and skateboarding videos abound, it's business as usually when it comes to the life of Ryan Sheckler. And as his career grows, so does his relationship with Kayla. Despite feeling good about the situation, Ryan isn't quite sure where things are going. Nothing's ever comes easy for Ryan, and he feels the squeeze when a prior commitment in the Dominican Republic conflicts with his desire to stay home for Kayla's birthday.
While bowling with Kayla, Taylor and Casey, Ryan struggles with his feelings about his upcoming trip. When Kayla ribs him about not having any time for a girlfriend, it's clear that she's getting antsy for him to make things official. Hoping to alleviate the awkwardness, Casey and Ryan make a bet with the girls about who will win the game. At first the girls are ahead, but the boys win when Ryan scores a strike. Looks like the girls will be paying for dinner!
Seeking advice about Kayla and his upcoming trip, Ryan visits his agent, Steve. When Ryan reveals that he wants to cut his trip short to be with Kayla on her birthday, Steve reminds him that traveling the world is part of his job. When Ryan argues that he might lose Kayla if he misses her birthday, Steve tells him, "That's life, so get over it." Unhappy with Steve's response, Ryan says that if he wants to come home early he's going to.
As Kayla's birthday approaches, Ryan gets ready to fly halfway around the world to the Dominican Republic to shoot a skate video for his sponsor, Plan B. Unable to keep his mind off Kayla, he's having a hard time focusing at the task at hand: packing. When Taylor drops by, she sets his mind at ease a bit by telling him that Kayla is "OK" with him going away. Then, in a surprise move, Kayla comes over and gives Ryan a goodbye kiss just when he's about to leave.
In the Dominican Republic, Ryan joins up with the Plan B skate team to film some sick tricks for a video. He's hoping that if he skates like a madman he'll be able to leave early and make it home for Kayla's birthday. But he just can't seem to stay focused and his misses trick after trick. Finally, he gets it together and scores some sick shots.
While talking to fellow pro skater Jereme Rogers about the Kayla situation, Jereme reveals that he doesn't think Ryan should let a potential girlfriend get in the way of his career. At dinner, the rest of the Plan B team warns Ryan about not letting girls distract him. Realizing they're right, Ryan calls Kayla and breaks the news that he won't be able to make it home in time for her birthday. Ryan promises to take her out for dinner when he returns, and she seems to take everything in stride. Once he hangs up the phone, though, he hopes he didn't ruin his chances with her.
With his work complete and the satisfaction of a job well done, Ryan returns home, where his mom, Gretchen, says he made the right decision. Ryan realizes that maturing means making tough choices and putting his career first.
As Ryan gets ready to take Kayla out, he's nervous about making things official. During dinner, Ryan opens up to her and asks whether they're "together." When she confirms that they are, he cracks a huge smile. It's official -- Ryan has a girlfriend!